Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and rinse with running water.
Maintain distance between people. Ensure it is at least 1 meter to ensure the safety of yourself and the other person.
Wear masks to prevent spread. Ideally fabric masks work best however any medically approved mask will suffice in protecting yourself and others. Ensure that your hands and the mask are clean before use.
Avoiding crowded places due to the possibility of rapid spread in a crowd of people. If it is essential to gather then avoid indoor areas as there is not proper circulation of fresh air. Opt for more outdoor areas and ensure that all medical procedures are followed.
Avoid touching your face especially if your hands are unwashed. Avoid contact with mouth, eyes, nose and exposed skin or cuts. If needed please wash your hands before touching your face.
It is best to remain at home during this pandemic, travelling poses the risk of spreading and contracting the virus. Not to mention the rapid mutation means that you could place many others at risk. Restrict travel to only essential trips such as groceries and medical aid. This means that it is also best to hold off international travel before conditions improve.
It is vital to atleast have 30 minutes of physical activities everyday. This is to ensure a healthy lifestyle so in the scenario that you are exposed to COVID-19 and contract it, you will have a better chance at combating the virus with your immune system.
Eating a balance of all the food groups and intaking enough vitamins and nutrition will ensure that the body will have enough calories to get past the day and enough energy and nutrition to keep the body functioning properly especially the immune system.
The polymerase chain reaction test aims to amplify trace amounts of genetic material and to identify certain DNA. In this case by providing DNA in the form of blood or other fluids that contain DNA to the testing tool it will search for a certain genetic sequence which in this case is COVID-19. If the results are positive then the COVID-19 virus has been in the body.
The antigen test is a cheaper and faster alternative to the PCR test. It is also known as a rapid test which involves a similar process of collecting DNA from the person and seeking a certain genetic sequence. The biggest difference is that an antigen test cannot fully detect an active virus and is not as accurate as a PCR test. Therefore, if results do return positive seek a more thorough test.
This test will search for antibodies that are built to combat the COVID-19 virus. This test cannot detect an active virus. Instead it will inform the patient if they ever had COVID in the past. While antibodies can combat COVID it is not clear whether or not this provides immunity. It is advised to take one only after 14 days of start of symptoms. This is due to the immune system preparing to mount an attack on the virus. Therefore, if any earlier would provide inaccurate results.
If tested positive for COVID-19 seekout medical attention and if permitted self-quarantine at home. Avoid all public places and transportation and only leave to get medical aid. Seperate yourself from residents in your house and keep in touch with your doctor. Inform the people you have contacted recently that you tested positive. Due to recent mutations it is best to contact others from a distance or from electronic means. For needs please rely on others to help provide you with food, medicine etc. Due to rising cases and a lack of hospital beds it is essential that you stay at home unless the symptoms below are observed.
Only seek emergency care if the following symptoms appear